“The Journey of a thousand miles begins with one step”
– Lao Tzu
Childhood is like an empty canvas, the memories shape you, mould you and give you a direction. Well to begin with, my canvas seemed like an abstract painting! I was interested in each and everything that existed around me – Arts, sports, academics, religion (yes, I used to love reading all religious scriptures). It wasn’t about just going to school, playing with friends or being pampered by my family. Although I like to think that I have had some form of attention disorder but it wasn’t the case. Few things captured my attention for more than few days. But there it was, one thing that I had done over and over again and it still interests me.
“Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all of one’s lifetime.”
– Mark Twain
Since the age of 2 I have been accustomed to travelling. Every year my parents took me on vacations ranging from 2 – 20 days. Those were the times before internet took over and when everything was done either by writing letters or by visiting personally. Air travel was expensive and limited to a privileged few which meant long journeys on road or train. But this meant you plan your travel entirely by yourself, customize it to your liking and make it an experience that you remember. It was this time which made me realize that I loved travelling to new places and meeting new people. The reason behind my restlessness was that my parents had caught the travel bug and since then I have got it too!
Over the period of years I have travelled to various parts of India and recently started venturing to different countries. I wish to do it all, see it all! From seeing the northern lights to dog sledding in remote Siberia to staying with a local tribe in the Amazons; it’s all there in my itinerary. Sooner or later, I’ll do it all 🙂
“There is no love sincerer that the love of food”
– George Bernard Shaw
Food is yet another interesting topic. I have been a fussy eater all my life and being raised vegetarian always limited my options. It was only in the last few years that I developed a passion for food and got particularly fond of exploring places to see what kind of food do the locals eat. But what was new was opening up my horizons to the smells, tastes and experiences in a foreign country. That really was the trigger behind me starting The Nomadic Gourmet. Food is a common language in this world and you can connect easily with unknown people if you speak this language!
I met a lot of interesting people from various background since I started writing about food. It is amazing to see how passionate people are about cooking and eating. There is a world out there, so diverse in gastronomy that it would take someone an entire lifetime to experience it all. That’s what makes it so interesting!
So here I am , taking small steps and aiming to see the world and show how beautiful it is in The Nomadic Gourmet. Be it a simple home-cooked meal or a lavish fare, a humble home-stay or an uber luxury château, I promise to bring you all that is good.